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Top 100 Jewelry Trends of 2012

From DIY Tool Shed Jewelry to Patterned Paper Necklaces

— January 1, 2013 — Fashion
Speaking to the crafty nature of consumers these days, this year's jewelry trends showed a strong and clear focus on pieces that were either DIY projects, or made to look like they were.

Unusual materials, whether it be spandex or bullets, helped to create an interesting and strong look to accessories, and were worked into necklaces, earrings, bracelets and more.

In terms of the actual jewelry pieces being made, new styles like nail rings and ear cuffs gained a lot of attention throughout the year. Ear cuffs are particularly appealing to customers because many of them don't require ears to be pierced.

Creative and expressive consumers will be thrilled by this year's top jewelry. To gain more in-depth insights on these trends and more, check out Trend Hunter's Jewelry Trend Report.
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Activity
Freshness
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Eccentric Androgynous Headpieces
Eccentric Androgynous Headpieces
These Assaad Awad Accessories are Assorted and Wild
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99
Curler-Inspired Accessories
Curler-Inspired Accessories
Joanne by Pip Jolley is a Tribute to the Women of the 1940s
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98
Ornamental Granny Fashion
Ornamental Granny Fashion
A Retro-Inspired Shoot from Harper's Bazaar Korea March 2012
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97
Rock Icon Jewelery
Rock Icon Jewelery
Manuel Bozzi Creates a Legendary Collection
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96
Gilded Wrinkle Fandangles
Gilded Wrinkle Fandangles
Noa Zilberman Emphasizes Fine Lines with Golden Tracery Jewelry
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95
Bold Bullet Beads
Bold Bullet Beads
The Raven + Lily Africa Collection Repurposes Shells into Jewelry
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94
Instagram-Inspired Accessories
Instagram-Inspired Accessories
The 'Instasparkle' Site Creates Customized Jewelry Pieces
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93
Organic Carved Jewelry
Organic Carved Jewelry
The Feminine Line by Odette Feels Natural and Delicate
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92
Flirty Vintage Lookbooks
Flirty Vintage Lookbooks
The Nasty Gal January Collection is Summery
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91
Stationery-Inspired Bangles
Stationery-Inspired Bangles
The ‘Write On!' Jewelry Collection is for Creative Journal
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90
Cupid-Inspired Accessories
Cupid-Inspired Accessories
Digby & Iona Jewelry Makes for a Unique Valentine's Day Gift
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89
Elegant Vampiric Jewelry
Elegant Vampiric Jewelry
The 'Luv AJ Heavy Metal Lover' Collection Features Edgy Pieces
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88
Spiked Celebrity Accessories
Spiked Celebrity Accessories
The Gwen Stefani for nOir Jewelry Collection is Rockstar Chic
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87
Tequila-Flavored Jewelry
Tequila-Flavored Jewelry
Rebecca Beltran Designs Skull Bracelets Inspired by Punk and Mexico
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86
Muddy Mystical Photography
Muddy Mystical Photography
The ManiaMania Modern Utopian Lookbook Stars Dree Hemingway
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85
Fierce Motif Gems
Fierce Motif Gems
The ‘House of Harlow 1960’ Fall/Winter 2012 Collection is Fabulously
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84
Ombre Retro Coifs
Ombre Retro Coifs
Karolina Waz by Marcin Kempski is Full of Multicolored Designs
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83
Chic Combat-Inspired Jewelry
Chic Combat-Inspired Jewelry
The Knight&Hammer Army Men Collection Benefits the Military
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82
Cash Carrying Jewelry
Cash Carrying Jewelry
These Wallet Necklaces will Save Your Shoulder a Lot of Strain
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81
Beloved Storybook Jewelry
Beloved Storybook Jewelry
The Authored Adornments Pendants Feature Your Favorite Characters
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80
Delicious Dessert Accessories
Delicious Dessert Accessories
The Geraldine Nishi Sweet Facts of Life Collection Looks Tasty
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79
Barbie-Armed Jewelry
Barbie-Armed Jewelry
The 'Plastic Body Series' by Margaux Lange Uses Limbs
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78
Whimsical War-Inspired Accessories
Whimsical War-Inspired Accessories
Peace Bronze Fuses Fashion and War Weapons in its Designs
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77
Colorfully Beaded Cuffs
Colorfully Beaded Cuffs
Julie Rofman Jewelry Creates Stunning Handwoven Bracelets
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76
Rustic Tribal Jewelry
Rustic Tribal Jewelry
Emilie Jean’s Collection Consists of Pieces from All Over the World
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75
Drooping Pendant Lookbooks
Drooping Pendant Lookbooks
Young Frankk's Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection Hangs Low
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74
Neon-Popping Accessories
Neon-Popping Accessories
The Pixielated Etsy Shop Rocks You with Color
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73
Over-the-Top Accessories
Over-the-Top Accessories
The Shourouk Rhaiem Jewelry and Handbag Collection is Glamorous
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72
Cosmically Sandy Catalogs
Cosmically Sandy Catalogs
The ManiaMania The Astral Plane Lookbook Stars Dree Hemingway
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71
Statuesque Accessory Advertorials
Statuesque Accessory Advertorials
The Heaven Tanudiredja Fall/Winter 2012/2013 Campaign is Artful
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70
Architecture-Inspired Jewelry
Architecture-Inspired Jewelry
Gonzalo Palma's Designs are Boldly Geometric and Futuristic
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69
Miniature Organ Fashion Accessories
Miniature Organ Fashion Accessories
Percy Lau Crafts Earrings, Brooches & More Inspired by Anatomy
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68
Chic Tribal Accessories
Chic Tribal Accessories
The ‘Love+Leather’ Jewelry Collection Brings Out Your Inner Go
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67
Charmed Layered Jewelry
Charmed Layered Jewelry
The Jennifer Fisher 2013 Spring Jewelry Collection Offers Glam Versatility
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66
Astonishing Architectural Accessories
Astonishing Architectural Accessories
Marnie Burton Creates Awe-Inspiring Wearable Art
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65
Crystalized Candy-Like Jewelry
Crystalized Candy-Like Jewelry
Artist Kate Rohde Creates Geological Accessories out of Resin
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64
Downward-Facing Diamonds
Downward-Facing Diamonds
Invert Jewelry is Adorned for the Pleasure of the Wearer and No Observer
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63
Precious Finger Candy
Precious Finger Candy
The Miniature Macaron Ring is a Tempting Accent for a Dainty Finger
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62
Eccentric Floral Fashion
Eccentric Floral Fashion
'The Colors of Love' by Nicole Hill is Bold and Beautiful
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61
Summer Treat Danglers
Summer Treat Danglers
The ArtWonders 'Miniature Food Jewelry' is Only Delicious Looking
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60
Creepily Charming Accessories
Creepily Charming Accessories
Kika Mishto's Winter 2012 Line is Endearingly Eery
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59
Flash Drive Wristbands
Flash Drive Wristbands
USB Bracelets Offer Convenience & Style
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58
Re-Purposed Label Accessories
Re-Purposed Label Accessories
The Radical Recycling Collection Features Amazing Jewelry & Handbags
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57
Elegant Epicurean Baubles
Elegant Epicurean Baubles
The Rachel Zoe Jewelry Collection for Neiman Marcus Makes a Statement
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56
Seductive Jewelry Editorials
Seductive Jewelry Editorials
The Numero China June 2012 Photoshoot Stars a Bare Ashley Smith
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55
Handmade Food-Decorated Jewelry
Handmade Food-Decorated Jewelry
Etsy User 'SouZouCreations' Makes Appetizing Rings
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54
Feathered Bow Tie Accessories
Feathered Bow Tie Accessories
The Our House Design Collection is Vibrant & Frilly
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53
Mechanical Paper Hearts
Mechanical Paper Hearts
Frank Tjepkema Creates Intricate and Delicate Jewelry Pieces
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52
Heavenly Crown Accessories
Heavenly Crown Accessories
The Urban Outfitters Headdress is Chic and 60s-Inspired
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51
Glittering Geode Pendants
Glittering Geode Pendants
Jewelry Designer Alicia Mohr Creates Stunning Accessories
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50
Seriously Studded Fashion
Seriously Studded Fashion
Gasoline Glamour Presents Pieces with Flair
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49
Animalistic Tribal Trinkets
Animalistic Tribal Trinkets
The Wildfox Couture Jewelry Collection is Western-Inspired
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48
Upcycled Neon Jewelry
Upcycled Neon Jewelry
The Love Obsessed Collection Turns Old into New
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47
Smartphone-Oriented Jewelry
Smartphone-Oriented Jewelry
The 'iPhone Wallet Necklace' Holds Cell Phones
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46
Foursquare-Inspired Accessories
Foursquare-Inspired Accessories
The Meshu Jewelry Fashionably Visualizes Favorite Places
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45
Urban Cultural Gangster Photography
Urban Cultural Gangster Photography
Siouxzen Kang Captures the Chief Designer of House of Malakai
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44
Prodigious Accessory Pavilions
Prodigious Accessory Pavilions
Beijing World Jewelry Expo is an Epic Edifice to Exhibit Tiny Items
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43
Chic Goth Runways
Chic Goth Runways
Chloe Comme Parris Takes the Cake at Toronto Fashion Week
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42
Purse-Ladened Lookbooks
Purse-Ladened Lookbooks
The Blanco Accessories Spring 2012 Campaign Stars New Face Paula Folch
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41
Stackable Neon Accessories
Stackable Neon Accessories
The Ettika Friendship Bracelets are Great for Grown-Ups
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40
Seafaring Nautical Accessories
Seafaring Nautical Accessories
The Sailor Knot Bracelets by Etsy Seller Agats Knitting are Playful
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39
Comical Meme Accessories
Comical Meme Accessories
The Greenmot Jewelry Collection is Quirky and Humorous
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38
Modern Monarchy Editorials
Modern Monarchy Editorials
The i-D Magazine Spring 2012 Edition Features Macabre Queens
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37
Adorable Architectural Jewelry
Adorable Architectural Jewelry
The Archetype Z Studio Pieces are Inspired by Buildings
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36
Ghostly Vintage Jewelry
Ghostly Vintage Jewelry
The Dominic Jones AW12 Catalog Stars Actress Jessica Brown Findlay
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35
Dragon Hide Gloves
Dragon Hide Gloves
The Armored Arm Warmers from Crystal's Idyll are Stylish & Comfortable
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34
Sandwiched Suitor Snapshots
Sandwiched Suitor Snapshots
The Just Cavalli Spring 2012 Campaign Gets Rock and Roll Spinning
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33
Pixelated Paper Accessories
Pixelated Paper Accessories
The Karen Barbé Jewelry is Inspired by Mike and Maaike's Designs
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32
Delicate Skeletal Necklaces
Delicate Skeletal Necklaces
Miyu Decay's Bat Skeleton Necklace is Eerie and Charming
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31
Windswept Driving Editorials
Windswept Driving Editorials
The Vogue Paris 'L’heure du Départ' Photoshoot Stars Kendr
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30
Accessory Storage Tutorials
Accessory Storage Tutorials
The I Spy DIY Hanger Jewelry Holder is Ingenious
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29
Bodacious Bow Tie Bling
Bodacious Bow Tie Bling
The Freena Shop Makes an Alluring Bow Tie Necklace
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28
Ornately Knotted Necklaces
Ornately Knotted Necklaces
The Necklaces by Etsy Seller Elfinadesign are Terrifically Twisted
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27
Intricate Geometric Adornments
Intricate Geometric Adornments
The Hot Pop Factory Jewelry Line is Sharp
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26
Ravishing Rope Jewelry
Ravishing Rope Jewelry
Girls Just Want To Have Fun by Melloteck is Cheerfully Colored
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25
Pop-Out Plywood Bands
Pop-Out Plywood Bands
Les Ouvrieres Wooden Rings Come in Their Original Stenciled Panels
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24
Animated Clay Accessories
Animated Clay Accessories
The Block Party Press Collection is Incredibly Surreal
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23
Bejeweled Bikini Beauties
Bejeweled Bikini Beauties
The Vogue China June 2012 Issue Features the Stunning Doutzen Kroes
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22
Nail Rings
Nail Rings
A New Way to Decorate Your Nails Without Any Polish
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21
Chunky Rope Accessories
Chunky Rope Accessories
NOQUVY Jewelry Creates Chic Textured Pieces Embellished by Metal
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20
Personalized Neon Accessories
Personalized Neon Accessories
The DIY Gretchen Jones Necklace is a Fun and Vibrant Project
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19
Vibrant Adhesive Accessories
Vibrant Adhesive Accessories
Duct Tape Jewelry by Michele Howarth is Vibrantly Fun
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18
Opulently Spiked Jewelry
Opulently Spiked Jewelry
The Nicole Romano Resort 2013 Collection Features Punk Chic Looks
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17
Patterned Paper Necklaces
Patterned Paper Necklaces
The Logical Art 'Air Tattoos' are Delicate and Stylish
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16
Prismatic Paper Jewelry
Prismatic Paper Jewelry
Suite by Kirsten Hassenfeld Addresses Wealth and Luxury
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15
Tribal Friendship Jewelry
Tribal Friendship Jewelry
Biko Puts a New Twist on an Old Classic
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14
Superstitiously Stylish Accessories
Superstitiously Stylish Accessories
The Honestly WTF DIY Sliding Knot Bracelet Keeps Evil At Bay
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13
Elf Ear Accessories
Elf Ear Accessories
The Belethil Collection Offers Beautiful Handcrafted Jewelry
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12
Abundantly Lovely Accessories
Abundantly Lovely Accessories
The Coupe de Coeur Collection is Covered with a Cluster of Hearts
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11
Repurposed Fastener Accessories
Repurposed Fastener Accessories
The Zipper Design Collection Offers Floral-Like Jewelry
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10
Gem-Infused Body Jewelry
Gem-Infused Body Jewelry
The 'My Little Bride' 1920s Inspiration Shoulder Necklace is Delicate
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9
Zig-Zagged Accessories
Zig-Zagged Accessories
The 'Vanessa Handmade' Jewelry Line is Unconventional
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8
DIY Duct Tape Accessories
DIY Duct Tape Accessories
The Brit & Co. Scotch Color & Patterns Jewelry is Stylish & Affordable
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7
DIY Tool Shed Jewelry
DIY Tool Shed Jewelry
The Stripes + Sequins 'Hardware Store Gold Rose Necklace' is Durable
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6
DIY Fashionable Glitter Jewelry
DIY Fashionable Glitter Jewelry
The Brit & Co. Tubular Statement Necklaces are Eye-Catching
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5
DIY Classic Charm Accessories
DIY Classic Charm Accessories
The Vintage Pearl Charm Bracelet DIY is Girly and Great
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4
DIY Lacey Jewelry
DIY Lacey Jewelry
The Brit & Co. Braided Necklace is Urban Chic
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3
DIY Spandex Jewelry
DIY Spandex Jewelry
The Brit & Co. Chunky Necklace Makes Use of Unconventional Materials
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2
DIY Mantra Bracelets
DIY Mantra Bracelets
The Lumi Blog Shows You How to Make Customized Jewelry
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1
Friendship Necklace Tutorials
Friendship Necklace Tutorials
Learn How to Make These DIY Utility Rope Necklaces by Honestly Wtf
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